I’ve been working on completing my “Jeff Buckley Tribute Songs” playlist and based on my numerous sources, there are quite a lot (whether it’s a direct tribute to him or was just inspired by him)! Here’s the partial (I heard there were at least 51 songs) list, with some of the songs I’ve already acquired:
- A Body Goes Down – Duncan Sheik
- Blind River Boy – Amy Correia
- Wave Goodbye – Chris Cornell
- Memphis – PJ Harvey
- Valley of Sound – Heather Nova
- Trying Not to Think About It – Juliana Hatfield
- Boys on the Radio – Hole
- Just Like Anyone – Aimee Mann
- In a Flash – Ron Sexsmith
- New Blood – Beth Wood
- By Yourself – Sister 7
- Grace – Rachel Sage
- On the Road to Calvary – Willie Nile
- We Don’t Know – Health & Happiness Show
- Swimming – Chris Taylor
- Grace – Three Against Four
- One Last Good Bye – David Linx
- Rilkean Heart – Cocteau Twins
- Bleed – Ours
- As I Wander – Ours
- Song for a Dead Singer – Zita Swoon
- From Grace – Thomas Dybdahl
- Memphis skyline – Rufus Wainright
- Bandstand in the sky – Pete Yorn
- Feel The Quiet River Rage – Live
- Gorgeous – Kashmir
- Eternal flame – Joan as Police Woman
- Flushed Chest – Joan as Police Woman
- Valley of Sound – Heather Nova
- Tides of the Soul – Elysian Fields
- Half- Gifts – Cocteau Twins
- Teardrop – Elizabeth Fraser/ Massive Attack
- Somebody Leave a Light On – Dayna Kurtz
- Shiver – Coldplay
- You Were Right – Badly Drawn Boy
- Where All Roses go – Anuna
- Messiah – Brenda Kahn
- Light – Brenda Kahn
- Hunger – Brenda Kahn
- Mississippi – Bob Dylan
- Gracing Wolf River – Flection
- Live in Blue Sparks – Rebecca Moore
- To the Sea – Mark Eitzel
- Neath the Beaches – The Frames
- Except for the Ghosts – Lisa Germano
- Grey Ghost – Mike Doughty
And for this past Sunday, here are my picks (“Rilkean Heart” is included but since I’ve already singled out this song a few posts back, I decided not to mention it here anymore):
“A BODY GOES DOWN”
by Duncan Sheik, “Humming”
This may probably be the most popular tribute song to Jeff. Duncan decided to create this track as a send-off to a musician who has inspired him. He was one of those people who was moved and greatly affected by the death of his musical influence.
Speed on to the next life . Better I’m sure by far
Orpheus driven . Treasures given
Heal the most broken of hearts. Speed on, speed on, speed on…
“YOU WERE RIGHT”
by Badly Drawn Boy, “Have You Fed the Fish?”
This is not really a tribute, tribute, but Jeff’s name was mentioned in the lyrics. I like the song, with or without the JB influence.
I remember doing nothing on the night Sinatra died.
And the night Jeff Buckley died,
And the night Kurt Cobain died,
And the night John Lennon died.
by Chris Cornell, “Euphoria Morning”
Jeff’s good friend, Chris Cornell, made a song right after he passed away, obviously wanting to say so many things to him, but losing that chance now that he’s gone.
When you miss somebody…
And everything of beauty that you see, only brings a tear
“VALLEY OF SOUND”
by Heather Nova, “Siren”
Jeff’s songs can really make an impact to the listener. She wrote this song after attending a JB concert which moved her to tears.
I love, I love, I love the look in your trespassed eyes
I love, I love, I love the way you can make me cry.
“TRYING NOT TO THINK ABOUT IT”
by Juliana Hatfield, “Please Do Not Disturb EP”
Juliana was a friend of Buckley, even touring together once. The song, my favorite tribute track, is a very realistic, personal take on how people react when someone dear to them passes away.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any web video for you to appreciate it.
I don’t know where you are, everything is wrong. So I’m trying not to think about it.
“TO THE SEA”
by Mark Eitzel, “The Invisible Man”
According to Mark, the song is “About a singer/songwriter and the story I heard of his untimely death, and how most people reject his kind of purity”. Ok apparently, there are no lyrics available online and I’m not really that good in transcribing, but from what I know is this is a song on how he, Mark, feels about Jeff (there was some sort of attraction, based on some accounts) upon seeing him in NYC one time, and how he, at that moment, just dismissed it.
Also love this song… and I couldn’t find any video online.
I was just busy running, running from your beauty. Some run from the devil. Some from their own history. Some run from their hopes. And some run to the sea
Stupid don’t you agree?
by Mike Doughty, “Haughty Melodic”
Like any artist-friend who was affected by Jeff’s passing, Mike Doughty raved about him, saying that he has “the effortless ability to become a myth, a legend.” In his official blog, Mike mentioned, “God bless him–and us, for having briefly shared the world with him–but his songwriting, in general (to me) just wasn’t as strong as his ability to get inside somebody else’s songs. But however transcendent his version of "Hallelujah" might be, there was no way he was going to put out an album full of ’em–there’s no dough in it, and even geniuses have landlords.”
Sleepy-eyed the man is wading out into the night, singing ‘don’t fall through the stars’.
“BANDSTAND IN THE SKY”
by Pete Yorn, “Live From New Jersey”
This was written the day Pete learned that Jeff died. Instead of an ode to him, it was more of an interpretation of what was inside Jeff’s mind on his way to the river that killed him.
In the live CD, he dedicated the song to Jeff before the performance.
You can take my life, but I’ll never die.
You can tell that’s the way I’ll survive.